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Sewing Machine Skills

Learn some more basic machine sewing techniques find out what all those buttons do whilst mastering a variety of seams and professional sewing techniques.

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Who is this course for

Learn some more basic machine sewing techniques - find out what all those buttons do whilst mastering a few simple sewing techniques to give a professional finish to a garment. This six week course is for people who can use a sewing machine or have done the Sewing Machine Introduction course. It will gradually increase in complexity as each term progresses.

What does this course cover

This practical course builds up to a complete beginners' course in machine sewing helping to build your confidence in a range of sewing skills. Each class will introduce the learner to the many different skills required to make a garment beginning with very simple seams, neatening seam edges, topstitching, under-stitching, dealing with corners, curved seams, layering to reduce bulk, notching and clipping seams through to zips, bias bindings and gathering. There will be small projects for you to practice the skills you have learnt.

By the end of the course you will be able to:
Operate different types of sewing machine and use an over-locker
Use the sewing machine with increased confidence
Select needles and threads suitable for different fabric types
Identifying basic foot attachments and show how to use them
Produce a range of sewing samples for future reference

What will it be like

Learning will be facilitated by individual guidance and support from the tutor as well as peer centred learning. Skills and knowledge will be learned initially through visual demonstrations and verbal descriptions then students will work independently with one to one tutor advice and assistance. This will be supported by hand-outs. Students will be encouraged to comment about each other's work (peer centred learning).
Your progress is monitored by tutor feedback and end of course self-assessment. Individual advice is always available and verbal feedback, support and encouragement is given to you throughout the course.
- Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
- Practical work produced is evidence of learning.
- At the end of the course we will review and assess the work.

What else do you need to buy or do

So that you are fully prepared you will need to bring the following materials/equipment to the first class. You will be expected to practice on your own sewing machine if you have one.
Pencils and pen
Pieces of fabric for sampling
Fabric shears
Sewing thread
Small sharp pointed scissors
Stitch ripper or quick-unpick
Fine steel pins
Metric tape measure
Tailors chalk

What this course could lead to

This course could lead to other sewing and textile courses at the Mary Ward Centre or another further education college. The student could take a follow up short course or a longer term or year long course. It could also inspire self-initiated projects.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask your tutor.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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